Alexander Joel’s 2016/17 season starts with a new Andrea Breth production of Manon Lescaut for the Dutch National Opera with Eva-Maria Westbroek (with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra), a complete new Ring cycle at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden (directed by Uwe Laufenberg), and a new production of Simon Boccanegra at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, where he has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor. Over the next few seasons, he will also conduct a number of their symphonic programmes, in addition to one new opera production a season.
In 2015/16, Alexander Joel returned to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for the fourth time for a Carmen revival, having previously conducted La traviata and La bohème (twice), and has been re-invited there again in Autumn 2017. He made his North American debut with the Boston Lyric Opera (Lehar’s Merry Widow) in Spring 2016, and conducted a highly acclaimed Otello in a Michael Thalheimer Production at the Vlaamse Opera. Other productions that season have included Manon for the Opéra de Marseille, Turandot in both the Opernhaus Zürich and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly for the Royal Stockholm Opera, and La Traviata for both the Staatsoper Hamburg and the Volksoper Wien.